OS X Mavericks won’t display my monitor’s display resolution

QuickResIconQuickRes to the rescue!

Having problems getting OS X Mavericks to display your monitor’s native resolution? I had this problem with an Acer AL1916W with 1440×900 resolution. My solution was to download QuickRes Free from the Mac App Store. Run it and click the icon up in the Menu Bar. Select the monitor. Select the resolution you want.

Apple Art

ResEdit icon painting

Another weekend project


Apple iPhone

iPhone maps icon in iOS 6 is navigating from BJs Brewhouse

The new iPhone maps icon in iOS 6 is navigating starting at BJs Brewhouse on De Anza in front of Apple Headquarters

iPhone maps icon iOS6


SLUG Magazine 2.2 – adds iPhone 5 4-inch support

Now that XCode 4.5 and iOS 6 is out, I decided to update SLUG Magazine iPhone app to support the new iPhone 5 and removed the ‘for iOS4’ text on the loading screen (which was there throughout the iOS 5 release).

Nagios Networking

NagiosTV 0.2

Watch one or more Nagios servers on a wall mounted TV (or your desktop)

Here is a TV watching 5 Nagios servers at once:


AT&T iPhones auto-connect to any Access Point named att-wifi

If a hacker brings up an unsecured wifi access point named att-wifi, your AT&T iPhone will connect to it right now, without any notification or acknowledgment. Your phone will connect to att-wifi in your pocket or purse when you walk into a Starbucks. Your email and web surfing will be visible. All your network traffic can be sniffed, any clear passwords can be stolen.

Most access points require your approval to connect to them, but not att-wifi. Your AT&T iPhone will connect to att-wifi out of the box.

To disable this:

Walk into a Starbucks.
On your iPhone go to Settings -> Wi-Fi
Click the blue ball next to att-wifi.
Click “Forget this Network”

This “feature” was probably put here by Apple at the request of AT&T.

Apple, please disable this. It is a security risk to every AT&T iPhone user.


iPhone maps icon is BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse

There are a bunch of websites out there who found the “easter egg” that the maps icon on the iPhone is of Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, CA. The thing is, the pin drop is not on 1 Infinite Loop. It’s closer to BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse.

Here is where Google Map’s pin drops for BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse

Here is where Google Map’s pin drops for 1 Infinite Loop

Nagios Networking

How to prevent multple “CHECK_NRPE: Socket timeout after 10 seconds” alerts

Nagios Monitor

In server monitoring with Nagios, nobody likes to get paged any more than necessary. This article will show you how to prevent multiple “CHECK_NRPE: Socket timeout after 10 seconds” alerts every time a host goes down.

In this circumstance, I’m not trying to get NRPE working. I’m trying to shut it up when there is an outage.


Find out which program is using which port on OS X

lsof -i  | grep LISTEN


lsof -i -P | grep <portnumber>

Using PHP to create a MySQL datetime

For reference

$datetime = date('Y-m-d H:i:s');